This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.

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Washington State Pursues Clean Fuels

The state of Washington just released a draft rule for a clean fuel standard. Drafted under the umbrella of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, the new rule seeks to reduce fossil fuel content in transportation fuels.

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Florida’s Expanding Sinkholes Won’t Deter Fracking

The occasional sinkhole has been called a way of life in Florida. Increasingly, however, sinkholes are becoming an expensive and ever-dangerous risk in the Sunshine State. These dangers may only get worse, with the possibility of hydraulic fracturing setting up business in the state’s sensitive south region.

Tortoise inspection, highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Introduction to the Galapagos: A Triple Bottom Line Perspective

Looking at the Galapagos from a triple bottom line point of view made the whole experience even more complex and interesting. Over the next week or two, we’ll get into some of the details and stories. For starters, I thought a little background an introduction would make sense.

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3p Weekend: 11 Sustainable U.S. Wineries

A few months back, we ran a roundup of the top 10 sustainable U.S. breweries. As the list made its rounds on social media, a few of you asked us to give a nod to the wine-lovers out there. You asked, we answered. Break out those glasses, and toast the weekend with a sip from one of these 10 sustainable U.S. wineries.

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Ecotourism in Ecuador: Eating Chocolate Like a Locavore

When I think seriously about becoming a locavore, I cringe at the thought of giving up coffee, avocados and especially chocolate. But now a couple of chocolatiers are operating out of Mindo, Ecuador, making a handmade product with locally-sourced beans and allowing me to eat like a locavore while traveling.

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“Frozen” Sequel? Let Kids Educate Disney About Climate Change

Disney reportedly won’t play ball with the Obama administration, which has asked for the company to use its blockbuster “Frozen” to educate kids about climate change. But is it the kids, or is it the adults, that need to learn about this threat? And who would be better to pitch this than the very age group that Disney listens to the most?

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Sprint Offers $5K to Students Who Find Innovative Ways to Recycle Smartphones

Have a bright idea for a new way to recycle an old smartphone? This week, Sprint launched its first-ever Smartphone Encore Challenge that invites students to come up with innovative and profitable ways to give new life to these unwanted devices or their components – for the chance to win $5,000 to turn their business plan into reality.

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Grid, Mining Projects Highlight Energy Storage Potential

Two planned projects highlight the benefits of advanced energy storage systems, including reducing operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing efficiency and resiliency of power grids.

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Recycling Startup: Market Should Be ‘Main Driver’ of Environmental Change

Leftover pizza dough into ethanol fuel and old uniforms into pet bed stuffing – where some peak into a business’ dumpster and see only trash, Rubicon Global finds opportunity. The Atlanta-based waste management company wants to help corporations cut their waste streams, find innovative recycling options for their unconventional waste materials and slash their garbage bills by as much as 20 to 30 percent, Rubicon told the New York Times.

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Report: Food Industry Needs to Take Responsibility for Its Packaging Waste

Nearly a third of the United States’ solid waste stream is product packaging – a Capri Sun drink pouch, a Starbucks coffee cup or an Arrowhead water bottle – according to nonprofits As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). But Americans only recycle an estimated 51 percent of these packaging materials, the organizations say, and less than 14 percent of all plastic packaging – the fastest-growing type of product packaging. And leading companies in the fast food, beverage and consumer goods/grocery industries are falling short when it comes to addressing the environmental impacts of their packaging, the two groups say, releasing their findings in a joint report last week.